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Game 4: Twins sloppy in 10-2 loss to Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins didn’t exactly look sharp in a 10-2 loss to the Red Sox in their first and only night game of the spring at Hammond Stadium.

Right-hander Jason Marquis struggled in his Grapefruit League debut, allowing four runs on three hits and three walks over just 1 2/3 innings.

What went right: Joe Mauer continued to look good at the plate and went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the fifth inning. Tsuyoshi Nishioka also added an RBI single and went 1-for-3.

New additions Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit combined to reach base five times. Willingham was hit by a pitch, singled to left and walked, while Doumit walked and singled to center. Denard Span also went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Right-hander Liam Hendriks threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts — all looking. His lone mistake was a double by David Ortiz that went off the wall in left field. Right-hander Carlos Gutierrez bounced back after a rough outing in last week’s “B” Game, throwing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Brendan Wise and Tyler Robertson each threw a scoreless frame.

What went wrong: Well, where should we start?

Marquis didn’t impress in his debut, as he had trouble finding the strikezone and threw three wild pitches, including one that allowed a run to score. He also wasn’t helped by the defense, as Ryan Doumit — making his first-ever start in left field — booted a ball for an error, and Justin Morneau made a throwing error after a nice play at first base.

Right-hander Jeff Manship came in and got of the second-inning mess left by Marquis, but then served up a solo homer to Ortiz in the third inning.

And right-hander Deolis Guerra allowed five runs in the seventh inning, including a three-run homer to Dan Butler. He allowed four hits and walked one.

What they said: “10-2 tends to take the wick out of you on Fireworks Day as they say,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joked after the game when asked if there were any positives to find in the game.

What’s next: Right-hander Scott Baker is set to make his first Grapefruit League start tomorrow against the Rays at 12:05 p.m. CT at Charlotte Sports Park. Ryan Doumit is also slated to make his first start at catcher after seeing time at designated hitter and in left field so far this spring. Right-hander Jeff Niemann is scheduled to start for the Rays. The game will be aired live on Fox Sports North and the Twins Radio Network.

Injury update: Infielder Luke Hughes (strained right shoulder) served as designated hitter for a second straight day. He hopes to make his first start in the field sometime this week. … Infielder Ray Chang, who left Sunday’s game after taking a knee to the jaw, took infield on Monday without any issues. He said he suffered from some jaw spasms last night, but felt OK this morning. … First-base coach Jerry White is staying in the hospital overnight for precautionary reasons to get checked out for stomach and chest tightness.

Game 4: Twins lineup vs. Red Sox in night game

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins host the Red Sox tonight in the first and only night game at Hammond Stadium this spring.

It’s also the first game televised in the Twin Cities, as it will be broadcast live on Fox Sports North Plus. Here’s the link to where to find that channel. And for those who subscribe to MLB.TV, you can watch the game there as well. It’s also on the radio on the Twins Radio Network and streaming on MLB.com.

It will be worth following, as Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit return to the lineup tonight after taking the day off yesterday.

But Doumit is in a unfamiliar place, considering he’s making his first ever start in left field. He’s played 60 games in right field as a Major Leaguer and five games there as a Minor Leaguer, but never in left.

Luke Hughes (strained right shoulder) is also back in the lineup as DH after going 0-for-3 there yesterday with a deep line drive to center against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park. He’s hoping to make his first start in the field later this week.

It’s also a good chance to see Brian Dozier — the club’s Minor League Player of the Year — in action at shortstop. Former Twins Nick Punto and Jason Repko are also in the lineup for the Red Sox.

Other notes:

– Ray Chang was back taking infield after taking a knee to the jaw in yesterday’s game against the Red Sox. He said he dealt with some spasms with his jaw last night but felt OK today.

– First-base coach Jerry White is in the hospital overnight to get checked out for stomach and chest tightness.

– Former Twins first baseman Don Mincher passed away last night.

Twins (2-1)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, RF
6. Ryan Doumit, LF
7. Luke Hughes, DH
8. Brian Dozier, SS
9. Michael Hollimon, 3B

Twins reserves: Drew Butera, Rene Rivera, Brian Dinkelman, Trevor Plouffe, Ben Revere, Rene Tosoni and Aaron Bates.

Twins pitchers: Jason Marquis, Jeff Manship, Carlos Gutierrez, Tyler Robertson, Brendan Wise, Deolis Guerra, Liam Hendriks

Red Sox (1-0)

1. Jose Iglesias, SS
2. Ryan Sweeney, RF
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. David Ortiz, 1B
5. Darnell McDonald, DH
6. Josh Kroeger, LF,
7. Kelly Shoppach, C
8. Nick Punto, 2B
9. Jason Repko, CF

RHP Clay Buchholz

Games 2/3: Split-squad lineups for the Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins have their first split-squad action of Spring Training today with half the club going to Port Charlotte to face the Rays and the other half staying in Fort Myers to play the Red Sox.

Among position players, only Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit are staying back today. And the pitchers who threw yesterday — Carl Pavano, Brian Duensing, Matt Capps, Glen Perkins, Alex Burnett, Matt Maloney and Anthony Swarzak — will stay back for light throwing sessions.

I’m at JetBlue Park today to cover the Twins against the Red Sox, as Ron Gardenhire is at the game to watch left-hander Francisco Liriano in his first outing of the spring. Luke Hughes (right shoulder strain) is also set to make his debut as designated hitter after being cleared by team doctors.

And I have to say that JetBlue Park is a pretty amazing place. The playing field is essentially a replica of Fenway Park right down to the dimensions, the Green Monster and Pesky Pole. I’ve been to most of the new Spring Training parks such as Camelback Ranch and Salt River Fields in Arizona, but this one might just be the coolest one I’ve seen yet.

I took a few pictures on the way in, so I’ll post them here. But I’m hoping to get some better shots once the weather gets better. So be on the lookout for more photos on the blog later today.

Twins lineup vs. Red Sox:

1. Ben Revere, LF
2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
3. Rene Tosoni, RF
4. Aaron Bates, 1B
5. Luke Hughes, DH
6. Sean Burroughs, 3B
7. Ray Chang, 2B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Darin Mastroianni, CF

LHP Francisco Liriano

Twins reserves: Chris Herrmann, Danny Lehmann, Michael Hollimon, Wilkin Ramirez, Danny Rams

Twins pitchers: Jared Burton, Esmerling Vasquez, Phil Dumatrait, Daryl Thompson, Jason Bulger, Kyle Waldrop and Liam Hendriks.

Twins lineup vs. Rays:

1. Alexi Casilla, 2B
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Trevor Plouffe, LF
4. Chris Parmelee, 1B
5. Danny Valencia, 3B
6. Brian Dinkelman, RF
7. Steve Pearce, DH
8. Drew Butera, C
9. Joe Benson, CF

RHP Terry Doyle

Twins reserves: Dan Rohlfing, J.R. Towles, Brian Dozier, Pedro Florimon, Oswaldo Arcia, Matt Carson

Twins pitchers: Scott Diamond, Luis Perdomo, Aaron Thompson, Lester Oliveros, P.J. Walters, Casey Fien.

Day 13: Grapefruit League play starts tomorrow

FORT MYERS, Fla. — After 13 days of workouts, the Twins are scheduled to open Grapefruit League play against the Rays tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. CT at Hammond Stadium.

The big news is that catcher Joe Mauer, first baseman Justin Morneau and center fielder Denard Span will be in the lineup against Tampa Bay’s David Price.

They’ll be batting in their usual spots in the order — first, third and fourth, respectively — and will be joined by by shortstop Jamey Carroll, right fielder Josh Willingham, designated hitter Ryan Doumit, third baseman Danny Valencia, left fielder Trevor Plouffe and second baseman Alexi Casilla in that order.

Ben Revere will start off on the bench with Price, a left-hander, on the mound, but will definitely see some action in the game. Others expected to play include Drew Butera, Rene Rivera, Chris Parmelee, Brian Dinkelman and Rene Tosoni.

Right-hander Carl Pavano will start for the Twins with several other pitchers on the list to throw, such as Brian Duensing, Glen Perkins, Matt Capps, Alex Burnett, Anthony Swarzak, Phil Dumatrait and Matt Maloney.

The Twins are happy with the way camp has gone so far, especially considering Mauer, Morneau and Span have been healthy and have participated in every workout without any issues. The only real setback was right-hander Joel Zumaya tearing his ulnar collateral ligament last weekend.

But for the most part, Twins general manager Terry Ryan and manager Ron Gardenhire are pleased with what they’ve seen so far, and are excited for Grapefruit League play to begin.

“It’s always good to get the games started,” Ryan said. “We’ve been here three extra days this year, so it’s been a little different for us. But now it’s time to get out there and see how we start competing against other clubs.”

Said Gardenhire: “These guys are working their tails off. We’ve got a couple of new people that are pretty fun to watch, so it ought to be interesting. I’m like everybody else, I can’t wait to see what happens.”

Other notes from today:

- Span, who crashed headfirst into the center-field fence yesterday, reported no problems today: “I was curious to see how I’d feel this morning but when I woke up this morning my head and my neck felt fine,” Span said. “Just my back was a little sore. So it was a lot better than I was expecting. It was a big relief. It showed me how far I’ve come this offseason.”

- Infielder Luke Hughes took batting practice and threw from 120 feet for the first time since suffering a sprained right shoulder in his native Australia in early February. He said everything went fine and he’s hoping to DH in a game on Sunday.

- The Twins offered various opinions about Major League Baseball adopting an expanded postseason format with the addition of a second Wild Card with the two Wild Cards playing in a one-game playoff to advance to the Division Series. In short, Ryan and Span were totally in favor of it, while Gardenhire thinks it’s unfair that it’s just a one-game game after a grueling 162-game season. Look for more details in today’s notebook at Twinsbaseball.com, which should also include video of Span giving his opinion on the subject.

Photos from today:

Day 11: Gearing up for tomorrow’s “B” game

FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was a light day of workouts, as only a few pitchers threw live batting practice today because the club is preparing for tomorrow’s “B” game against the Red Sox.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced his starting lineup for the game, which starts at 1 p.m. at Hammond Stadium and is free to public.

The Twins will use nine pitchers in the game, as starting pitchers Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn will be followed by Liam Hendriks, Jeff Manship, Jason Bulger, Carlos Gutierrez, Tyler Robertson, Brendan Wise and Deolis Guerra.

Among position players, the starters are catcher J.R. Towles, first baseman Aaron Bates, second baseman Pedro Florimon, third baseman Ray Chang, shortstop Brian Dozier, left fielder Ben Revere, center fielder Joe Benson, right fielder Rene Tosoni and designated hitter Brian Dinkelman.

The Red Sox plan to use pitchers Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard, Clayton Mortensen, Jesse Carlson, Tony Pena, Alex Wilson, Will Inman and Justin Thomas, according to Red Sox beat reporter Ian Browne.

But the big news today was Justin Morneau clarifying his earlier statements about how if he continues to suffer from concussion-like symptoms, he won’t have a career. Here’s the full story on what he said today.

Joe Mauer also talked with the media and said he’s feeling just fine and can’t wait for Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Rays. Be on the lookout on Twinsbaseball.com for more on Mauer.

Other notes from today:

- Luke Hughes (shoulder) threw for the first time today, and reported no problems. He says he’ll throw up to 90 feet tomorrow and hopes to take batting practice. He could play in his first Spring Training game next week.

- Gardenhire is waiting to announce who will start the club’s Grapefruit League opener on Saturday against the Rays. My guess is that it’s Carl Pavano considering Baker and Blackburn throw tomorrow and Francisco Liriano throws on Sunday. It could be Jason Marquis, but I bet Pavano gets the nod.

- Twins GM Terry Ryan on Morneau and Denard Span: “I don’t worry about Justin any more than I worry about Span; they had the same symptoms, but both of them are doing wonderful.”

Photos from today:

Day 9: Zumaya speaks, Twins hold workout

FORT MYERS, Fla. — I was relaxing on the beach on Sanibel Island when I saw the news yesterday that Joel Zumaya tore his ulnar collateral ligament and will be out for the year.

I was enjoying a rare day off during Spring Training, but couldn’t help but feel bad for Zumaya, who has suffered just about every injury imaginable to his right arm.

Zumaya certainly didn’t have to talk to reporters this morning, but stood at his locker and spoke candidly about how he’s considering retiring at just 27 years old because of all the injuries he’s suffered since bursting onto the scene in 2006 with the Tigers.

If he decides to get Tommy John surgery it’ll be his sixth major operation, as he already has had two elbow surgeries, two shoulder surgeries and finger surgery.

He’s proved to be a great guy in the short time he’s been with the Twins, and I wish him nothing but the best no matter what he decides to do.

He was again the major story at camp, but here are some other notes from today:

- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the club will use tomorrow as a review day to go over just everything they’ve done so far in camp. He said he’ll also likely hold a situational game on Wednesday to work on things like relays, baserunning and will even have the pitchers take simulated inning breaks.

- Gardenhire said he’ll also announce tomorrow who will be pitching in Thursday’s “B” game against the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium. It should feature plenty of non-roster pitchers.

- Gardenhire added that Ben Revere has noticeably improved his arm strength after working hard this offseason. Revere said he started throwing footballs long distance to help make that improvement.

- The Twins do not plan to follow suit with the Red Sox’s plan of banning beer in the clubhouse: “It’s the Boston Red Sox,” Gardenhire said. “I don’t worry about their policies and they don’t worry about ours I’m sure. Every club has their own policies. We have ours. We’ve been pretty good about things, and if that continues, we’ll be fine. And if it doesn’t continue, then we’ll get pissed off.”

Here are some videos of Joe Mauer and Denard Span taking BP

And here are photos from today’s workout:

Day 5: Position players report

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Workouts started early and players quickly filed out of the clubhouse before noon, as today was the club’s annual golf tournament.

The big news was the arrival of first baseman Justin Morneau. But Morneau only showed up to drop his stuff off in his locker, and said he plans to meet with the media tomorrow.

With Morneau in camp, only Oswaldo Arcia and Pedro Florimon have yet to show before tomorrow’s first official workout for position players. It was wrongly assumed by reporters that Florimon was already in camp, but general manager Terry Ryan said he expects him to be here in time for tomorrow’s 8:30 a.m. meeting.

In other news, Tsuyoshi Nishioka met with the media and had some interesting things to say about the upcoming season. And Ryan indicated that Nishioka could see some time at third base this spring to prepare for a utility role. For more details on that, check out the notebook that will be officially posted later today.

The Twins also added catching prospect Danny Rams to big league camp, giving them nine catchers on the roster. Ryan said the move was done because there are so many pitchers in camp.

Ryan also said the club scheduled two more “B” games. The Twins, who already scheduled one with the Red Sox for 1 p.m. ET on March 1 at Hammond Stadium, added another against the Red Sox at 10 a.m. on March 7 at Hammond Stadium and one against the Pirates at 10 a.m. on March 10 in Bradenton.

Other notes from today:

- Luke Hughes continues to progress after getting a cortisone shot in his right shoulder. He’ll be out of action for a more days before working out with the team next week.

- Ron Gardenhire worked with Alexi Casilla and Brian Dozier on the practice field today. Says he likes Dozier’s defense but he’s trying to help him slow down a little bit.

- Ryan Doumit is expected to catch fly balls in the outfield and play some first base during drills this spring. Joe Mauer is also scheduled to see some practice time at first.

- Gardenhire had this to say about his former Mets teammate Gary Carter, who passed away last week after a bout with brain cancer: “He played like a little kid. He enjoyed the heck out of it. He was a hustle guy, always hustled. Liked the cameras. He liked the cameras. He was perfect for New York. He had that big smile on his face. We used to tease him all the time. He did the milk commercials. It was perfect for him. He should be doing milk commercials. Dipping an Oreo cookie into it, too. Great guy. Treated everybody like he knew you forever. Treated me like a king. Didn’t matter if you were No. 1 on the team or No. 25 on the team. He treated everybody the same and always had a smile. Very intense when he caught. Wasn’t afraid to mix it up with the other team. Defended his pitchers and defended his team and also was a pretty good player.”

Day 2 of pitchers and catchers working out

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins held their second day of workouts between pitchers and catchers on Monday with roughly the same schedule as yesterday.

Most of the pitchers on the roster threw off the mound, including left-hander Francisco Liriano, who tossed his first official bullpen of Spring Training. He tossed more than 50 pitches — throwing his fastball, slider and changeup — and said he was throwing at about 80-85 percent.

Joe Mauer also was behind the plate for drills, and caught nearly 90 pitches in bullpen sessions with Scott Baker and Brendan Wise. Mauer and the other seven catchers also took batting practice for the second straight day.

Several position players also showed up to camp today such as outfielders Ben Revere and Rene Tosoni. Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka also made an appearance and took some swings in the batting cage.

By my count only four position players on the 40-man roster aren’t here yet — Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia. Position players are scheduled to report on Thursday with workouts starting on Friday.

The Twins also announced they are hosting a “B” game against the Red Sox on March 1 at 1 p.m. at Hammond Stadium. They’re also working on adding another one because they have 33 pitchers in camp.

Other notes from Day 2:

- Nick Blackburn said his right forearm is a non-issue and that he doesn’t have any restrictions this spring. He had surgery on Oct. 1 to decompress the radial nerve in his right forearm.

- Shortstop Brian Dozier took some swings today after suffering a cut on his left hand and reported no problems.

- Infielder Luke Hughes, who suffered a right shoulder sprain in Australia, had his MRI exam results sent to a doctor for a second opinion. The Twins will hear more tomorrow.

And here are some pictures from today’s workout:

Twins officially begin Spring Training workouts

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins held their first official workout of Spring Training today, as pitchers and catchers performed a variety of drills at the Lee County Sports Complex.

The day started with the eight catchers on the roster meeting with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire before the pitchers worked on fielding practice on two different fields. All of the 33 pitchers invited to camp also threw off the mound in the bullpen. And the catchers finished the day by taking batting practice.

“A lot of people, a lot of bodies, a lot of pitchers,” Gardenhire said. “Good participation, everybody was running around. I didn’t go down and see the position players down on the other fields, but they looked like they were doing their thing, and the pitchers were all into it, so it’s just always nice to get back out on the baseball field.”

Other notes from today’s action:

- Joe Mauer got through the day just fine, as he worked with pitchers while they participated in fielding drills, caught about 90 pitches in bullpen sessions with Carlos Gutierrez, Brendan Wise and Jason Marquis and took batting practice.

- Twins GM Terry Ryan said that none of the 33 pitchers in camp have any health problems that will limit them in camp. Right-hander Joel Zumaya will be monitored closely after missing all of last year after undergoing elbow surgery, but threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session without any problems.

- Shortstop Brian Dozier is day to day after cutting his left hand, and is restricted from swinging for the next few days. Infielder Luke Hughes (shoulder) likely won’t start swinging the bat until next week.

- The Twins announced a new policy this season, as all injury updates will come from general manager Terry Ryan or assistant general manager Rob Antony instead of manager Ron Gardenhire.

And here are a bunch of photo’s from today’s first official workout:

Mauer set to catch in Sunday’s first workout

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Spring Training officially started for the Twins today, with 41 pitchers and catchers reporting to the Lee County Sports Complex.

Several pitchers participated in light workouts such as Glen Perkins, Scott Baker, Brian Duensing, Nick Blackburn, Carl Pavano, Matt Capps and Jason Marquis, but the Twins don’t hold their first official workout until tomorrow morning.

The first workout begins at 8:30 a.m. ET, with catchers going over signs with manager Ron Gardenhire. Later in the morning, pitchers are scheduled to work out and throw bullpen sessions with the eight catchers invited to camp — Joe Mauer, Ryan Doumit, Drew Butera, Chris Herrmann, Danny Lehmann, Dan Rohlfing, J.R. Towles and Rene Rivera

Mauer is expected to be in full gear, which is a change from last year, when he didn’t start catching until early March because he had offseason surgery on his left knee.

“I’ve been catching a little bit,” Mauer said. “It’ll be good to get the gear back on, running around with the guys. I caught Baker a little bit the other day. I try to limit as much bending down as I can, but I’m feeling good and I’m ready to go.”

Other notes from today:
– Capps and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed a new addition to the family on Feb. 8, as she gave birth to a baby boy named Maxwell Martin Capps. Maxwell weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces.

- Baker said his right elbow is a “non-issue” and is fully healthy headed into camp. He said coming back to pitch in relief at the end the season helped him get into a normal offseason routine.

- I still haven’t seen Francisco Liriano at Hammond Stadium, but I’m told he’ll be here for tomorrow’s official workout.

- Look for a full notebook later today. For now, here’s the full story on the pitchers and catchers officially reporting.

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